While the majority of airline passengers spend their time before boarding browsing the duty free shops, there are a lucky few that get to kick back and relax at the airport lounges, many of which are now upping the ante with the facilities and services that they provide. Here are OROGOLD’s picks of some of the best airport lounges around the world.
Qantas First Class Lounge, Sydney Airport
Although Qantas may have opened a handful of different lounges around the world in the last couple of years, they definitely have not let their quality slip, with their first class lounge in Sydney being frequently rated as one of the best airport lounges in the world. While the lounge is large and spacious, the area has been brilliantly compartmentalized, in order to create sections for personal space and privacy. Passengers are contacted the day before their flight so that they can book themselves a massage, while the lounge’s restaurant, with a menu created by Neil Perry of Rockpool, serves up cooked-to-order dishes, such as Wagyu beef and veal carpaccio.
Cathay Pacific Lounges, Hong Kong International Airport
With five different lounges dominating Hong Kong International Airport, Cathay Pacific really stands out in comparison to other airlines. The Bridge lounge is split into two sections, connected by a walkway, with each section offering something slightly different. However, it is the exclusive The Wing lounge that is OROGOLD’s favorite. If the champagne bar, and work, relaxation and dining zones weren’t enough, travelers can also make use of the five cabanas and twelve shower suites, each of which are fully private and come complete with a full-sized bathtub, a rain shower, a day bed, high-end toiletries and more.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, Heathrow Airport, London
Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse lounges are well-known by travelers all over the world, especially since the airline makes a special effort to continuously evolve the technology, services and features offered at each of their lounges. Their lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport is unmistakably a Virgin Atlantic lounge, with their signature design and décor aesthetics. In addition to snacking on the finest deli produce, sourced locally in each country, travelers can also enjoy cocktails created by trained mixologists. As great as this may be, OROGOLD’s favorite aspect to the lounge is their Cowshed-branded spa, with some fantastic complimentary treatments. From a Dr. Hauschka facial to a Truefitt & Hill wet shave, travellers are well taken care of, and any extra time can easily be spent relaxing in the hot tub, sauna, steam room or showers.
While many of the best airport lounges are reserved for use only by first and business class passengers, there are also quite a few that enable you to pay-per-use. This means that you don’t necessarily need to splash out on a first class ticket in order to experience the height of luxury when you are next flying!